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Why should you have your next Melbourne All Ages/Under 18s gig at SUB?

  • Location: Hawthorn is a safe suburb of Melbourne with easy access via public transport
  • Venue vibe: Small enough to feel intimate, large enough for a pumping show!
  • Convenience: Close to Melbourne CBD, easy-to-find safe, residential location, just 5mins walk from trams or train
  • Atmosphere: Artists feel at home and appreciated, patrons are welcomed and safe
  • Hospitality: Home-made food provided for artists, with plenty of nearby restaurant and accommodation options
  • Adaptable capacity for 50-250 Patrons
  • Not-for-Profit, volunteer-supported, young person-driven
  • Always positive feedback from artists
  • Value: you won’t find a better deal in Melbourne!

Get in touch to find out more about a show with SUB

PLEASE NOTE: Due to noise restrictions and our residential location we are unable to host metal, thrash or punk shows at a volume level satisfactory to artists and fans. Consider an unplugged show?

Who runs SUB?

SUB is run by a team of (mostly) young volunteers who are passionate about hosting excellent live music events for Under 18s and All Ages audiences – safe, supervised, alcohol-free and drug-free. Mike Cutter is our manager. SUB has hosted 6-10 gigs a year since 2011.


After a trial with Skipping Girl Vinegar in another venue in 2010, we began hosting shows in our current venue in late 2011, featuring the amazing Passenger as our headline act! Since then we’ve hosted lots of successful shows for local, interstate and even international artists, such as 5 Seconds of Summer, BriBryNew Empire, Patrick James & Woodlock.

Where is SUB?

venueexternalSUB’s venue is in leafy Hawthorn, an inner eastern suburb of Melbourne. We are located just east of the CBD and we are an easy 5 minutes walk from public transport. Hawthorn is one of the safest suburbs in Melbourne — so your patrons will feel safe — and their parents will too.

For artists on tour, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and accommodation options just a few minutes drive or walk away.

Why perform or host your next show at SUB?

SUB events are ideal for upcoming artists, or intimate/secret shows for well-known acts and works great for small or large shows (50-250).

We are a dedicated All-Ages and Under 18 venue.

We aim to host shows with accessible ticket pricing, featuring artists who share our vision and are willing to passionately promote their shows. Please note: we do not provide a rent-a-crowd, artists must promote their shows!

We are intentionally not-for-profit and operated by volunteers, and we believe that our funding model ensures both reasonable ticket prices and the best return to artists and promoters.

We believe we are the most affordable, best quality, dedicated U18 and All-Ages venue in Melbourne.

What’s the SUB venue like?

We have a clean, carpeted venue which can be standing room only, or include chairs, couches and/or bean-bags for seating (depending on event size and vibe).

The venue is approximately 13x10m ensuring an intimate experience. We have a 600mm high stage of 3x5m — providing great visibility to the back of the room so every patron can see and enjoy. The stage can be configured for smaller acts or full bands as required.

The deal includes great quality in-house audio & lighting production, home-made hospitality for artists and an air-conditioned, clean, comfortable & secure artist room complete with couches, full-length mirror and a pool table. (Please note we are unable to provide a private bathroom).

We also provide drinks and snacks at reasonable prices for patrons.

Our venue space is chilled at 50-100 patrons and has a capacity of approximately 250 (up to 300 in winter months). It’s ideal for afternoon or evening shows, and for daylight shows the venue is blacked out (except by request) — so the atmosphere is always great no matter the time of day.

Our volunteer team are a mix of adults and younger people and we always aim to make fans and artists feel welcomed, valued and supported.

The SUB venue space is provided courtesy of Hawthorn West Baptist Church, who we thank for their generous support. Note that SUB is not only for ‘Christian’ bands, whatever that means. All artists are welcome!

Please be aware of the age of your audience and behave appropriately on and off stage in our venue for the safety and protection of our patrons. To ensure a welcoming space for everybody: racist, homophobic, sexist or abusive language or behaviour will not be tolerated on or off the stage.

Get in touch to find out more about a show with SUB